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Medical Term:

incubation period


  1. time interval between invasion of the body by an infecting organism and the appearance of the first sign or symptom it causes;
  2. in a disease vector, the period between entry of the disease organism and the time at which the vector is capable of transmitting the disease to another human host.

Synonym(s): incubative stage, latent period2, latent stage, stage of invasion

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